2008-09-16

The Flatbush CommUNITY Garden, Brooklyn's (and NYC's!) newest community garden

Completed raised bed frames, ready for filling and planting, on August 24, 2008
Frames in place

Brooklyn's newest community garden broke ground at the beginning of July. We planted for the first time two weeks ago. Planning for the garden began at least as early as the Winter of 2007, when I first became involved.

The Flatbush CommUNITY Garden is a project of Sustainable Flatbush. The Garden is located at 1522 Albemarle Road, at the intersection of Buckingham Road, on property generously loaned to the Garden by the owner.

All 16 plots are already allocated for this season. As Brooklyn's newest community garden, we are still working out our membership procedures. We hope to have these finalized by the end of the year. Announcements for future meetings, and procedures for new members to join, will be posted on the Sustainable Flatbush Web site when they are available.

Site visit, Sunday, June 1, 1008
Site Visit, Flatbush Unity Garden
The mission of the Flatbush CommUNITY Garden is to create space for a diverse group of neighbors to establish a community-led organic garden; to grow fruits, vegetable, herbs, and flowers, and create a multi-cultural, interactive, empowering space that fosters unity and pride within the community while supporting healthy eating and local sustainable agriculture. An additional goal of this program is to promote sustainable gardening and farming practices throughout the neighborhood, especially on publicly accessible land that is currently underutilized. Our gardens will serve as visible examples of sustainability practices such as rainwater harvesting, water-efficient landscaping, composting, and permaculture.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Weeding
Weeding
Weeding
Weeding

Say "Weeeeds!"
Say "Weeeeds!"

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Building the frame
Say "Weeds!"

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cutting, Filling, and Levelling
Work Crew

Friday, August 29, 2008

Picking up compost from the Fresh Kills Composting Site on Staten Island
Compost Pickup, Fesh Kills Composting Site, Staten Island

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Other posts
My photos of this garden (Flickr set)

Links

Sustainable Flatbush: Community Garden, Projects 2008, and Flickr photo set

2 comments:

Skip Skipson said...

Well Done with the Garden! I hope that there will be a program to drop off food scraps in the near future.

Anonymous said...

The Garden Tipster......

At the end of the season take a cutting from your tomato plant stem/sideshoot suckers that have little hairs growing on the stems
Place in a planter with soil by a warm sunny window and water as appropriate. In May tansplant to the garden. You can do this for as many tomato plants that you would like to grow. From one plant can come many plants forever after. Good luck!